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One form of resolution is the determination to effect change by the power of word and will.
Among the reasons such resolutions fail:
• too much is attempted at once;
• no specific plan is made;
• without accountability or other support, moments of failure become permanent.
A more significant reason for failure is focus on negative action ("I will not ...") rather than affirmative action ("I will ...") Eliminating something creates a void. Whatever has our attention is most likely to fill that void. We effect change not by looking back to what has been, but by visualizing success and working toward it—and then empowering the vision with necessary components of words and will.
There is a third component which determines success or failure in resolution.
Words and will lead us.
But worship leads words and will.
"That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshiping we are becoming."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
We worship what we esteem and trust so much—whether it is good or bad—that we look to it with reliance in moments of question, or weakness, or desire for satisfaction.
God most certainly uses people and things to answer us, to strengthen and reassure us, to satisfy our healthy desires. But He is the Provider. Only God is God. Anything else we worship is an idol.
We do not weaken our reliance upon idols by saying, "I will not worship ..." We instead strengthen our reliance upon God with "Everyday Worship" (yesterday's post).
"You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship ..."
~ John 4:22 (NKJV)
Success in both good and bad resolutions comes through the power of word, will, and worship.
Know what you worship.
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